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First Line: Poor nation, whose sweet sap and juice
Last Line: That your sweet sap might come again!
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism


POORE nation, whose sweet sap and juice
Our cyens have purloined, and left you drie;
Whose streams we got by the apostles sluce,
And use in baptisme, while ye pine and die:
Who, by not keeping once, became a debter;
And now, by keeping, lose the letter:

Oh that my prayers! mine, alas!
Oh that some angel might a trumpet sound;
At which the church, falling upon her face,
Should crie so loud, untill the trump were drown'd;
And, by that crie, of her deare Lord obtain,
That your sweet sap might come again!





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